It’s that time of year when the prickly pear cactus start budding flowers. They are so interesting looking – especially through a macro lens. The tiny polka dots on the pads are normally not visible to my naked eye. This one, which is native to Mexico, is an Opuntia ficus-indica. https://worldofsucculents.com/opuntia-ficus-indica-indian-fig-barbary-fig-cactus-pear/ Fruit, which may or may […]
The California poppies are making a nice accent for the Bishop’s Cap (Astrophytum ornatum) cactus. What a beautiful spring day in the Sonoran Desert! http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted; use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.
Happy first day of spring from Tucson – where the cactus are starting to sprout new buds, just like the citrus trees and wildflowers. This is a macro (close-up) photo of a cholla cactus. They’ve been called jumping cholla because the individual sections seem to jump out at passersby. The reality is, the passersby move […]
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Something calm and soothing for your weekend respite on this first weekend of autumn: lily pads and a tiny waterfall by some airplane plants at Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior, Arizona. I love the spatial disparity in this photo. The water level appears lower than the lilies, making them seem to float above the water level, […]
It’s such a relaxing sight to watch the Aspen leaves rustling in the breeze and gently reaching over Clear Creek on the eastern slopes of the Rocky mountains in Colorado. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted and registered with the US Library of Congress. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.
I planted my first apple trees last April. They are still sweet little four-foot popsicles, but apparently they like where I planted them because they started budding a few weeks ago and are now in full bloom. It isn’t officially spring, but it is in Tucson – and the varieties I planted (Dorsett Golden and Anna) are […]
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Early October is harvest time for grape varietals in southern Arizona. Most people think desert when they think of southern Arizona, but the Elgin, Sonoita and Willcox areas – where elevation is higher at 4300 – 4700 ft. – is perfect for vines. There are numerous vineyards to visit and enjoy an afternoon of tasting. […]
Just what is lichen? It’s the symbiotic union of algae and fungus, with fungus being the dominant partner. Its combined form is different from either the fungus or algae. Some varieties cling to rock surfaces and grow in a carpet-like state, while others branch out from the surface of damp wood in a more three-dimensional form. It […]
There is a welcome, distinctive smell in the desert when it rains, which comes from the creosote bush (Larrea tridentata), shown here. We desert dwellers will say “it smells like rain” but what we are actually smelling is the creosote, shown here. Did you know they could live thousands of years? According to Steve Archer, […]
I like the latent tension in this photograph between the peaceful glow of the city lights and the painful needles on the saguaro cactus. It’s a sort of commentary on life in Tucson. Those of us who live here are ever-vigilant to not get poked; not get dehydrated; not get sun stroke; not get bitten by scorpions or […]
Well, another summer is in the books and fall is upon us. Enjoy this beautiful time of year! http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted. Use requires licensing.
The other day Colorado Parks & Wildlife posted a photo of Rifle Falls and it made me think of the photo I made of the footpath up to the falls when we were there last summer. Rifle Falls is a three-part waterfall in Rifle Falls State Park – northwest of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, the left […]
This is the spearmint plant I have growing in a pot on my porch. The slightest movement of the leaves creates a wonderful aroma. I started growing it mostly as an experiment after seeing it for sale at my local nursery. I’ve always liked the smell of spearmint, but wasn’t sure what I would do with it. […]
It’s already been in the low 90’s this week in Tucson and today I saw the first grasshopper of the season while I was doing some yard work. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.
Carnegia gigantea (Englem.) Brit & Rose forma cristata, better known as a crested saguaro is a rarity, occurring only once in every 250,000 saguaro. http://www.nps.gov/sagu/learn/nature/why_crested.htm The cause of the mutation is not definitively known, with some biologists professing it is the result of a genetic mutation and others believing it is the result of either a lightning […]
It’s been a rainy three days in Tucson, which means in the morning, before the sun burns off the water, it’ll be a good time to get out the macro lens and try your hand at capturing those rain drops parked on the leaves. Carefully place yourself as close as your lens will allow, being mindful to […]
Whether you are with family and friends or spending the holidays by yourself, may you have a happy heart, love, laughter, good health and always, always, an appreciation for life. Make the most of every precious day you are given and treat others with that same respect for the preciousness of their moment in the […]
Red-orange leaves from Sedona, Arizona to usher in the first day of fall. It’s still hot in Tucson, but eventually we will get some fall color on the few trees we have here that go through the change. Have a happy and healthy autumn! http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert
The cactus have erupted in new growth. One of my favorites is the purple prickly pear. Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
Pyracantha (or firethorn) is a thorny evergreen plant in the family Rosaceae, which is great for use as a hedge, but also produces a wealth of edible tiny red berries (pomes). In many parts of the country the berries are ready for harvest in the late fall, but in warmer climates like southern Arizona, the […]
Somebody recently asked me to pull this image from my archives of a luscious succulent in bloom which I made in 2003. I’m ready for the blooms this year. Two weeks ago we had two inches of snow on the ground at my house in Tucson and this week it has been ninety-three degrees. I […]
The dried flowers of a yucca silhouetted against the Tucson sky was the base for this Japanese-inspired art piece. Simplicity of form and the interplay of negative and positive space make this a satisfying image for me. Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
Aloe Ferox: love the color combination; love the juxtaposition of harsh and smooth; love the way the light plays off the edges. Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
The luscious spears of an aloe plant. Boy, would I love to make a silver gelatin print of this. I miss film. Image registered with U.S. Copyright. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
One of the many plants erupting in color at Tohono Chul Park in northwest Tucson, Arizona (www.tohonochulpark.org) is the Baja Fairy Duster (Calliandra californica). It is a soil and drought tolerant shrub which grows to five feet and blooms year-round, though more heavily in the Spring. It can take full sun, but is also hearty down to twenty degrees. As […]
My Feather Tree (Chilean Mesquite Tree) is in bloom. I’m happy. I have pampered three of these extremely slow-growing thorn-less mesquite hybrids from seed for about six years now and this one is only about two feet tall. They are a deciduous plant, so every winter they drop their leaves. Hearty to ten to fifteen degrees fahrenheit, they are usually […]
On a “macroing” excursion I saw this gorgeous Sunburst Aeonium (Aeonium decorum) in the nursery at Tohono Chul Park (www.tohonochulpark.org) and was taken by the visual rhythm of this plant. I’m not a fan of baby pink, but accenting the sage green and soft yellow, it is stunning. Aeoniums are members of Crassulaceae, in the succulent family. Most are native to […]
My Uncle Louis is a cartoonist (www.louisdunn.com) and I think he could make a wonderful cartoon commentary from this photograph of Hobbit Jade I made today. It is such an animated and cartoon-like plant, I’m sure he could have great fun with it. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
.. and in the end, all is washed clean and the soul renewed in the hope of a new day. Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com